There are a few stories to tell at the moment, “fun” stories about documentation and about life in general.
But I couldn’t let this week go by without another timeline post.
And so it is… 12 months ago, a Sunday evening, and a very stressed me climbing the walls in fear. I was two days from going full time and one day from informing everyone in my life about what was going on.
I was trying to figure out what on earth was I going to wear for the first day, such a shallow question, and yet at the time so very important.
Just how was I going to break the news to my team? And, assuming I came up with a plan what were the chances that it would remain in place once I got into the room with them. Would I managed to hold myself together long enough to tell people? Would I just be a nervous wreck and not have the ability to tell them.
How would they react? Would they laugh? Call me insane? Or worse? Would they still be talking to me, and would I be able to keep their respect?
And once that challenge was done… The department meeting where my boss would tell everyone. I was not sure what his plan was, although I had every faith that he would do it well; but it was still an unknown. And again, 30 people finding out in one go! Shock? Fear? Ridicule? Ug!
And finally (professionally at least!) the whole company. Finding out in drips and drabs as we are a service company and it’s just not feasible to close down the phones to tell all 160 people in one go. And many of these are not people that I know personally. How are people who do not know me going to react?
And of course, finding out is one thing – but what would they do when they saw me for the first time. It’s one thing to hear about something, quite another to see someone for the first time.
Well, as you know it all went really very well.
My team took it in their stride, shock of course, but with a lot of understanding and a lot of support.
The department meeting went very well. Tomorrow we will have a new team leader Stacy will be joining us for the running of [old name]’s team. Obviously he put more into it than that, but I’ll be honest my head was spinning that much that I can’t remember all of it. I do quite clearly remember someone asking, “But what will [old name] be doing?” That is when I joined in, “Err… I’ll be Stacy” Cue lots of ‘er?’ faces and slow realization. The rest of the day was spent with people coming to my desk to congratulate me on the decision and to wish me luck.
And the company? Well, lots of emails, obviously. All of them positive and offering support. And as we had a company initiative to write cards for people and putting them in the Christmas tree. And I got loads! I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes to know that the people you work with are so much with you!
12 months ago. Seems like years, seems like yesterday. One of the scariest days of my life, one of the best. One of the strangest years! And definitely the best!
And I could not have done it without all of the help that I have had, from friends, family, the VU hospital, the company I work for and all of my colleagues.
Thank you all!